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This is a discussion on Guess It's Time to Face Reality within the Education & Career Talk forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Since it's not long before I graduate high school and enroll in college, I thought I'd look for advice. Mostly ...

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    Guess It's Time to Face Reality

    Since it's not long before I graduate high school and enroll in college, I thought I'd look for advice. Mostly regarding my career path because I'm pretty much lost on that. It really bothers me how I'm not confident on what I'd like as a career, but no matter. I have a few ideas here and there, but what I'd like is some help narrowing down my options.

    Anthropology: I find human culture and behavior fascinating. Anthropology will probably help me gain more insights on how different cultures work. Plus, majoring in this will probably open up a variety of careers that I can choose from there. Although, I have heard that it's not the most lucrative degree out there.

    Political Science: Besides people, I also like studying political systems. Politics is simply a catalyst for change, and it would be awesome to have a career that could change people's lives. Even if it's on a small scale. I just hope this major isn't limited to just being a lawyer or a PoliSci teacher.

    Psychology: Kind of ties into the previous two majors, but even as a little kid, I've always been intrigued with personalities and how people work. (Probably how I got into Myer-Briggs, to be honest.) Reading people's motivations is almost like a gift to me, but only if I'm actually motivated to do it. XD It would be nice to help people, but I need to really sharpen my people skills first. And I know that if I want to be a psychologist, it requires more than a Bachelor's.

    Art or Fashion Design: This is definitely the most unrealistic career aspiration, but I'd like to become a fashion designer. Paradoxically, it's one of my more "realistic" dreams as well. ;) My drawing does garner its fair share of compliments. Though I haven't done this in awhile, designing my own clothes is something of a hobby for me. If I do pursue this career though, I'd probably need to learn how to sew. :p

    Other Possibly Relevant Information: INTJ, sometimes 4w5, sometimes 5w4, pretty apt at all academic subjects, though I don't feel very much passion for them. Not the most dexterous person around, and my attention to detail varies.
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    I think maybe you should sample classes of each during your first semester/year to make an informed decision, unless there is some reason you need to decide now?

    Whatever you choose, I advise you to do some internships. That way you have practical work experience on your resume, and you are making connections.

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    Honestly, it Doesn't matter which path you will take, as long as you are happy with it.

    Anthropology sounds like a vague idea, if you are fine with it, then choose it.
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    Whichever would cause you the least stress. :)

    1) confidence that you can actually do it (the whole sewing clothes thing doesn't provide this)

    2) passion (this makes work feel like play)

    3) rewards (money, impact, way to alleviate boredom... This is the one that needs the most consideration because rewards are subjective and what one may value another may not)

    4) possibilities. Most people want to be open to new possibilities because it seems safest. Getting a degree in something broad like mathematics for example can land you a job anywhere. But what matters in the realm of possibilities is that you feel safe, not that you need X amount of possibilities.
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    None of those majors are in demand in the market and they are over-saturated as well. That should be your number one concern when choosing a major. Is there anything more useful that you might have interest in? Medicine/Engi/Math?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pavel
    Honestly, it Doesn't matter which path you will take, as long as you are happy with it.
    This is the sort of advice you don't take, no offense intended, Pavel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fair phantom View Post
    I think maybe you should sample classes of each during your first semester/year to make an informed decision, unless there is some reason you need to decide now?

    Whatever you choose, I advise you to do some internships. That way you have practical work experience on your resume, and you are making connections.
    Hmm, networking's definitely a must on securing a good career. I'll need to work on that, and keep an eye open for any future internships available.


    Quote Originally Posted by Pavel View Post
    Honestly, it Doesn't matter which path you will take, as long as you are happy with it.

    Anthropology sounds like a vague idea, if you are fine with it, then choose it.
    Well, as long as the career has a suitable pay, and if I enjoy it overall, then I agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stelliferous View Post
    Whichever would cause you the least stress. :)

    1) confidence that you can actually do it (the whole sewing clothes thing doesn't provide this)

    2) passion (this makes work feel like play)

    3) rewards (money, impact, way to alleviate boredom... This is the one that needs the most consideration because rewards are subjective and what one may value another may not)

    4) possibilities. Most people want to be open to new possibilities because it seems safest. Getting a degree in something broad like mathematics for example can land you a job anywhere. But what matters in the realm of possibilities is that you feel safe, not that you need X amount of possibilities.
    If I do want to get into a Fashion career, I guess I'm willing to take up sewing. After further consideration and research, I realized that getting a degree in fashion could be overall useless. Plus, many people become designers without majoring in it.

    Yeah, I need to be more open on other possibilities, and choose a career that would lead to the most financial security and interest. Certainly need to think this over.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gore Motel View Post
    None of those majors are in demand in the market and they are over-saturated as well. That should be your number one concern when choosing a major. Is there anything more useful that you might have interest in? Medicine/Engi/Math?
    I really have no desire to get into Medicine and become a doctor. English is fine, it seems like a major that could open up to a variety of job options available.

    Math is something else I'm proficient in, but I'm not sure if I could handle the material given. Plus, my old Algebra teacher's pushing me to do it.

    One thing I forgot to mention that I'm looking into is Economics. I'm currently enrolled in a career program at my high school that focuses on business, office technologies, and financial applications. Took this class because I feel it would be teach life skills I'd need in the workfield. Plus, now that I think about it, economics may be the best choice for a career for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gore Motel View Post
    This is the sort of advice you don't take, no offense intended, Pavel.
    That is a sort of advice that's fine with me. Scarlet corrected me on this point as it should've be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet Eyes View Post
    One thing I forgot to mention that I'm looking into is Economics. I'm currently enrolled in a career program at my high school that focuses on business, office technologies, and financial applications. Took this class because I feel it would be teach life skills I'd need in the workfield. Plus, now that I think about it, economics may be the best choice for a career for me.
    I think that some economic knowledge will help you in general, but I'm not sure it's a good major at this point in time. I could be wrong, and it's probably better than the aforementioned majors but I believe it would be a pretty frustrating career unless you're a Keynesian. Then again, it doesn't seem like many people are economically literate at all, maybe there's a niche somewhere if you can put up with how divisive the subject can be.
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    @Scarlet Eyes You can go just by job prospects if you want but honestly that is always variable. One reason that Law and Medicine fields are oversaturated is because everyone got the same advice about those fields having great prospects.

    So look to the job market yes, but keep in mind that a lot of places don't even care what your degree is in. They care more about experience. My friend has an anthropology degree and has a good job in real estate. Is she making six figures? No, but she is comfortable. And while there may be a surplus of psychologists, you can do a lot with degrees like psychology and anthropology. Advertising? PR? Think tank jobs? There isn't a 1-to-1 correspondence of every job to the major. So think outside of that too. You can even figure out what you want to do and sort of craft your own plan.

    BTW I 've seen a lot of job posting where a poli sci degree would come in handy. And I don't mean working for politicians. The positions can be competitive but honestly isn't it that way now for the STEM fields?

    Not saying you should go into any of those fields, but I wouldn't necessarily dismiss them either.

    Oh and another recommendation I would make is to also learn a language. I'm kicking myself for not taking more language courses while in college. A lot of job postings I've seen have that as a requirement, or at least an asset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet Eyes View Post
    Since it's not long before I graduate high school and enroll in college, I thought I'd look for advice. Mostly regarding my career path because I'm pretty much lost on that. It really bothers me how I'm not confident on what I'd like as a career, but no matter. I have a few ideas here and there, but what I'd like is some help narrowing down my options.

    ....

    Other Possibly Relevant Information: INTJ, sometimes 4w5, sometimes 5w4, pretty apt at all academic subjects, though I don't feel very much passion for them. Not the most dexterous person around, and my attention to detail varies.
    Of the areas mentioned, probably anthropology. Everyone figures he/she is a psychologist (which is kind of true); but, not just anyone is an anthropologist!

    By the way, since you are INTJ, why no science-type choices, like biology or electrical engineering?
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